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CAN: Guinea-Bissau faces Cameroon and Ghana. Angola meets Mali and Tunisia

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Guineans and Angolans were included in pot 4 of the draw so they would always have to face some of the strongest teams in the competition to be held in Egypt between June 21 and July 19.

Guinea-Bissau will face Cameroon, holders of the trophy, Ghana and Benin in group F of the African Cup of Nations (CAN), while Angola will face Tunisia, Mali and Mauritania, today dictated the draw for the event.

Guineans and Angolans were included in pot 4 of the draw so they would always have to face some of the strongest teams in the competition to be held in Egypt between June 21 and July 19.

In what will be the second presence in a final phase of the CAN, two years after the debut, Guiné-Bissau, 118th placed in the FIFA ranking, was inserted in the group F and will find Cameroon, five times African champions – the last of which in the last edition, in 2017 – and that they have FC Porto striker Vincent Aboubakar.

In the last edition of CAN, the ‘djurtus’ played with Cameroon in the group stage, having lost 2-1.

Ghana, 49th in the FIFA ranking, which won CAN on four occasions and was fourth in 2017, is another of the ‘sharks’ that Guinea-Bissau will face, in a group in which the Benin, absent from the last four editions and who is an ‘old’ opponent of the Guineans in the cup Amilcar Cabral.

Angola, 122nd of the world hierarchy, is preparing to compete for the eighth time, with two of them reaching the quarterfinals in 2008 and 2010.

The ‘black lefts’, who qualified for the CAN finals thanks to a goal from Sporting Braga debutante Wilson Eduardo, are set to take on Tunisia, who snatched the trophy in 2004.

Angola will also play with Mali, Moussa Marega (FC Porto) and Abdoulaye Diaby (Sporting), and with Mauritania, one of the three newcomers along with Burundi and Madagascar.

In group A, host Egypt’s final runners-up will face Congo Republic’s Mbemba, while group C will stage a clash between two other Porto players Yacine Brahimi and Algeria Mamadou Loum, for Senegal.

The top two finishers in each of the six groups qualify for the CAN2019 round of 16, as well as the top four placed third.

The 32nd edition of the African Cup of Nations will take place in Egypt between June 21 and July 19.

– The composition of the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt:

Group A: Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Group B: Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi.

Group C: Senegal, Algeria, Kenya and Tanzania.

Group D: Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire, South Africa and Namibia.

Group E: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania and Angola.

Group F: Cameroon, Ghana, Benin and Guinea Bissau.

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